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Chunky Heart Flowers Necklace, Copal Turquoise Brass Handmade Jewelry

Item Description

Filled with beautiful chunky goodness, the one of a kind MON COEUR necklace is perfect for a woman who loves to wear bold statement jewelry.  The eye catching necklace features a vintage brass heart with flowers pendant, gorgeous copal rondelles, old rustic turquoise and copper.  The pendant was made in India out of solid brass and was used for trade in Africa - it was collected in Ghana.  A cut-out heart shape, the pendant also includes three five petalled flowers and three swirling leafy vines.  The raised areas are polished while the recessed areas have a darker patina to bring out the details of the pendant. The cut out design of the pendant allows whatever color clothing you’re wearing to show through, adding much glamor.  A decorative bail attaches the pendant to the main body of the necklace.  The back of the pendant is silky smooth.  
To perfectly complement the pendant, pressed copal and rustic turquoise were chosen.  Even though the copal used in the necklace has an amber look to it, it is NOT amber (unfortunately copal is sometimes passed off as being real amber).  Amber is fossilized tree resin and is millions of years old.  Copal is also tree resin, but it hasn’t gone through the fossilization process and can be as “young” as thousands of years old.  Pressed copal means it was melted down and reformed (pressed) into beads of the same size.  The pressed copal rondelles used in the necklace are a rich butterscotch yellow with more than a hint of orange.  Five groups of three copal rondelles are found on each side of the necklace, each rondelles separated by a glowing flower-shaped copper spacer.  To add sinuous drape and pops of color between each grouping of copal, vintage turquoise were used.  Since each bead of the old turquoise was individually hand formed, the beads are similar in size but not exactly the same.  Some of the turquoise have dark matrix running through the beads and some don’t.  To securely fasten the necklace, it’s finished with a textured solid copper toggle clasp.  Carefully designed and handmade by Catherine of Shadow Dog Designs, the MON COEUR heart pendant necklace was created for the woman who loves bold artisan jewelry with a story!  “Mon coeur” is French for “my heart.”

  • Vintage brass heart and flowers pendant:  app. 57 mm x 48 mm x 4 mm (2.25” x 1.9”)
  • Copal rondelles:  app. 26 mm x 10 mm (1” x 0.4”)
  • Vintage turquoise nuggets:  on average, app. 8 mm x 7 mm (0.3” x 0.28”)
  • Metal:  bronze and copper
  • Clasp:  textured copper toggle clasp set
  • Length:  app. 18.25” / 46.4 cm
  • Pendant drop:  app. 2.25” / 5.7 cm

***  For a better understanding of the relative size of the pendant and amber used to create the MON COEUR artisan necklace, please be sure to check out photo # 6 for a size comparison with a quarter.

Through the centuries, hearts represent never ending love.  Flowers have been a symbol of spiritual awakening; they are symbols of generosity and love when they’re given away.  Brass is said to help develop strength of spirit.  Copal is said to bring mental peace and relieves stress.  Turquoise, a gemstone sacred to the Navajo, Zuni and other Native Americans, is a stone of wholeness, promoting a sense of unity with all that surrounds us; it is said to bring peace of mind, a soothing energy and healing of the spirit.  Copper is believed to allow the wearer to recognize barriers in the path of personal development.


The MON COEUR brass heart pendant necklace was carefully designed and handmade in a dog friendly, smoke free studio.  The necklace will come with two informational drop tags: one with the piece's name; the other lists the materials used in the necklace and the language of the stones and metals. It will be carefully packed in an organza jewelry bag, perfect for gift giving to a loved one . . . or to yourself!   
***  The jewelry in my shop is photographed outside in natural light.  Please be aware that not all computer monitors show colors exactly the same. The colors of the components used to create each piece of jewelry are extremely close to the actual color on my own monitor. They may appear lighter or darker on yours.



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